I got to try this last month at a holiday treat exchange party. I had never had it before and hadn’t heard of it. It was delicious. So, I’m sharing the recipe. It is very easy to make. Apparently in some areas of the country this was a common treat served around the holidays. I just never had it when I was growing up. A big thank you to the friend who brought it to the party.
Christmas Crack (Saltine/Toffee/Chocolate bars)
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
½ pound (two sticks) butter
1 cup white sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or to taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. (Can be medium high but not high). Stir in vanilla and sugar and bring to a low boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly to prevent burning, approximately 5 minutes (maybe longer). Mixture will go through phases – liquid, then foamy, then turn to a smooth golden caramel when ready. Arrange crackers on a lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Pour sugar mixture over crackers, then sprinkle chocolate chips on and allow them to melt. Spread melted chocolate evenly over the top. Bake in oven for 4 minutes to ensure all chocolate is melted through. Cool until chocolate has hardened, and break into pieces. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
For cooling, I cooled on counter for about 20 to 30 minutes, then in fridge for 30 minutes, then in freezer for 30 minutes. My friend said that she cooled hers for an hour in the freezer. I just didn’t want to put it directly in the freezer. This allows it to be easier to break.